The banker’s note
While Westpac is on the record as supporting marriage equality, we are not telling our people how to vote – we are simply encouraging you to exercise your democratic rights to vote, whichever way you feel is right. Legally, marriage is a civic ceremony – not a religious one. No religion has the right to impose their moral judgments about civic society on the decisions of the state.
And that’s why I’ll be voting Yes.
September 11: Extracts from Brian Hartzer’s email to all staff (above)
“While we’re not one to tell anyone how to roll, this is a nobrainer (if Tony Abbott’s daughter is publicly voting Yes, so should you).”
“Along with ensuring all our colleagues and mates feel included and have equal rights, legalising SSM would prevent 3000 suicides per year.”
October 5: Extracts from Westpac’s Youth Network email to about 10,000 employees
October 6: Westpac was accused of ‘blackmailing’ staff. It admitted through a spokesman it was a mistake to publish the erroneous information about suicides
Westpac accused of SSM ‘blackmail’
Westpac has been accused of “blackmailing” staff into sup-